Famous Feasts in History King Belshazzar's Feast

About the famous Biblical feast of Babylonian King Belshazzar, history of the meal.


The Occasion: Belshazzar's feast, biblical Babylon during the captivity of the Jews.

The Host: Babylonian King Belshazzar, who feted 1,000 courtiers and their wives.

The Menu: Fine wines and food in profusion.

Table Talk: After a drunken Belshazzar had used gold and silver vessels taken from the temple in Jerusalem to drink toasts to his gods, a mysterious handwriting, as if written by a man's finger, appeared upon the wall. Belshazzar had the Hebrew prophet Daniel translate the words, Mene, Mene, tekel, upharsin, which meant: "God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." All these prophecies came true. That night Belshazzar was slain, and the Persian ruler Darius took his kingdom.

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